Weeknight Cooking

Tahini Sumac Slaw

July  8, 2013

Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.

Today: A slaw for when slaw for dinner is appropriate.

Tahini Sumac Slaw

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Five things that happen when your kids go to camp for the summer:

1. You don't do laundry for days. 

2. The dog begins to sleep with you, and if you're especially lucky, pees on your blankets. 

3. You see movies involving Sandra Bullock. 

4. You throw away many things that might belong to others, if others had bothered to put them away before fleeing the premises. 

5. You eat slaw for dinner. Specifically Tahini Sumac Slaw. Please buy sumac for this, as it makes it special. I don't care if you buy pre-shredded cabbage. Be sure to mix that dressing up nicely, for consistency. Of course there will be no use of pomegranate seeds.

Tahini Sumac Slaw by Hilarybee

Serves 4

Tahini Sumac Dressing

1/4 cup tahini
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon ground sumac
2 tablespoons boiling water
1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


3 cups napa cabbage, cut into 1/2-inch ribbons (about one head of cabbage)
1 1/2 cup savoy cabbage, 1/2-inch ribbons (about half a head)
1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced
1 avocado, sliced
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (optional but good when in season)

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here. 

Photo by James Ransom

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Debbie May 25, 2018
Hi Jenny, I actually made the dressing last night. Delicious and creamy. It doesn't taste like it's healthy. It tastes decadent! I served it over chicken cutlets that I sautéed with garlic powder and black pepper. The only change I made to your dressing was to add 2 cloves of pressed garlic. Tonight I will see how they taste at room temperature. Thanks soon much!
Jane H. August 7, 2013
sumac? really
Amydomi July 21, 2013
Thrilled to find another use for the giant package of sumac that I bought for a recipe that called for 1T! This sounds amazing.
Hilarybee July 21, 2013
Thank you. The dressing is fantastic and super versatile. One of my favorite salad dressings to use to brighten up an average salad.
Amydomi August 31, 2013
I finally got around to trying this slaw and it is delicious! Had leftovers on a wrap with hummus. This will go into regular rotation at our house. Thanks for sharing.
Hilarybee September 2, 2013
You are very welcome. Thanks for giving it a try!
mmann15 July 13, 2013
Where can I find ground sumac? Is it easier to find than I think? Thanks!
Hilarybee July 13, 2013
I'd try any health food store, or a Halaal market. A Kroger fresh market might have it, in the Middle Eastern section.
Hilarybee July 8, 2013
Thanks for trying my recipe! Glad it was expedient and enjoyable for you!